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tetrastichon.

Dum rudit hic asinus Regali pinguis in arce,
Pulsat & in cassum docta Minerva flores [=fores] :
Miraris magni si nutet machina mundi,
Ipsa vel in paucos sit peritura dies.

While this fat ass brays in the regal tower, wise Minerva pounds the doors in vain. Would you be surprised if the great machine of the world should nod, or itself collapse in ruin in a few days?

quatrain.

Puys qu’aux chasteaux des Princes & palays,
L’on voit pomper ceste grand beste immonde:
Et les savans des honneurs reculez,
Qu’attendons nous fors que la fin du monde?


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